Dorian Haarhoff Creative Wordshops



Dorian Haarhoff
He is a former teacher trainer and Professor of English at the University of Namibia, and has also taught in a Canadian Creative Writing Faculty and in the Film Studies unit at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has also served as an external examiner at UCT for the MA programme in Creative Writing.

Since 1998 he has run his own business, Creative Workshops. Dorian Haarhoff has on several occasions been invited as poet and as a guest story-teller to Mauritius and to the Conference of Word Affairs in Boulder, Colorado. He has participated in Poetry Africa and an International Poetry Festival in Colombia South America.



The Creative Wordshop
The School for the Hearing Impaired shares a campus with the School for the Visually Impaired and the School for the Mentally Challenged in Windhoek . All three NISE schools plus satellite campuses in the rest of the country face many challenges. – staff motivation, student emotional issues , low pass rates etc.

"I believe that stories can begin to address these challenges."

"I wish to facilitate story workshops for stories appeal to all the five senses. In appealing to both parts of the brain, they have a way of getting through to people despite the loss of one of the senses (in this case hearing and sight). Stories also reach people where certain neural pathway are blocked because of a degree of mental handicap.. Stories bridge the language gap and open up the creative world to these young people and their teaches who often struggle on without resources."

The aim of the staff and children’s workshops will be to:
  • encourage the creation of stories featuring characters with hearing, sight or mental impairment. 
  • address challenges around using stories in their situation 
  • develop symbolic thought 
  • improve their English language competence 
  • build up a bank of stories 
  • explore the use of stories across the curriculum
  • restore hope, vision and enthusiasm


Bisherige Projekte 

Story-telling Workshops                                                                                2011-2012
Creative Journal Course for Students Teacher ans Staff                                  2010
Creative Writing Course  and Creative Journalling Course                              2009
Creative Journal Course                                                                                2007-2008
AIDS Experience                                                                                           2005
My Story: Building selfesteem...                                                                    2003
Workshops: Writing & Story-Telling                                                               2001
Life Stories: Writing in the Townships                                                            1999
Life Stories: Writing with the Elderly                                                             1997
The Inner Eye: Namibian Poetry in Process                                                   1997
Creative Writing Phase I & II                                                                        1995                         

Publikationen im Verlag BAB
Mirror, Lens and Window                                                                             2014
Seven Letters, HIV/AIDS Stories from Namibian Children                            2006
Personal Memories, Namibian Texts in Process                                            2003
The Inner Eye                                                                                             1997